Ask a well-seasoned chef to list his kitchen essentials, and you’re apt to learn about a few new tools; ask Danish brand Hay, and you’re bound to get a dose of eye-pleasing colour, play, and texture. You can expect that very combination of elements from the newly launched Hay Kitchen Market – an extensive collection of more than 200 wares produced in collaboration with Danish chef Frederik Bille Brahe.
The rising culinary talent behind the celebrated Copenhagen restaurant Atelier September (and younger brother to the fine jeweller Sophie Bille Brahe), Brahe first collaborated with Hay co-founder and accessories director Mette Hay on a pop-up café at last year’s Salone del Mobile, a project that inspired them to consider design items for the kitchen more deeply.
Launched exclusively with the MoMA Design Store this week and available throughout this year, the resulting products speak equally to a well-travelled, workaday gourmand as they do to a chic, no-fuss sensibility.
The Hay Kitchen Market collection includes an assortment of sponges
Curated with an eye for utility and visual intrigue, the everyday items include steel picnic containers inspired by Indian tiffins, hand-blown Moroccan glasses, an Italian hamburger press, and Japanese scourer sponges in metallic patterns and playful shapes, alongside selected items by designers George Sowden, Clara Von Zweigbergk, and others.
Designed (and priced) to be mixed and matched, the eclectic tabletop pieces feature enamelware in marbleised patterns and Hay’s signature for subdued, Memphis-inflected palette of bold and pastel hues; scallop-edged vases and tumblers; and cutlery in gold and silver tones.
Befitting the occasion, celebrants toasted the launch with a dinner fashioned by Brahe at the Nolita restaurant De Maria. The dishes, naturally, were served on the newly launched designs – surely a feast for the eyes as well as mouth.